This particular post, originating from coldcasechristianity.com and authored by J Warren Wallace, is an excellent study and overview on the difference between being saved, by the grace of God alone, and the differing rewards that await us, that are associated with our works, when we get home. It also provides some additional Scriptural reasoning behind the distinctive doctrinal differences between what historical Protestants of yesteryear and Evangelical Protestants of today, typically believe, as compared with what Mormons or Roman Catholics believe, as an example. This understanding is very important, not only when having discussions with Mormons, but also with our friends of the Roman Catholicism persuasion, when their contrary doctrines pertaining to God’s grace and works, are discussed. Differing rewards for our works, is a very important Biblical understanding to have.
As Christians, we believe that we are saved solely by the grace of God. When we say this, we mean we believe God sets us apart for salvation based not on anything we could do on our own effort, but based on the “free gift” of salvation offered by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Our ‘works’ play no role in our salvation. We cannot ‘earn’ our way into Heaven, this is a gift of God, so no man or woman could ever boast they ‘earned’ a place in Heaven with God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
But when we make this claim to non-Christians who believe salvation results from some human effort in combination with the work of God (Jewish believers or Mormons for example), we often hear the complaint orthodox Christianity seems to ignore the behavior of believers altogether. After all, do we actually think all believers are acceptable to God no matter what they do or how they behave? Do we believe someone can simply say they believe but then live a life exhibiting very little evidence of this belief and still expect to get into Heaven? Doesn’t the Mormon notion of levels of Heaven (for example) seem to be a more equitable and fair position on the nature of the afterlife?
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Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!